Discovering a leaky pipe in your home can be a panic-inducing experience–especially if your pipes are leaking enough water to cause damage to your floors, walls, or other parts of your home. By knowing how to deal with leaky pipes (and by acting quickly), however, you can minimize damage and have your pipes repaired in no time.
Shut Off the Water
All homeowners should know where their main water valve is located for emergencies such as this. If you’re dealing with a substantial amount of water leaking, you’ll want to grab a bucket to place under the source of the leak and shut off the water valve right away. Most main valves are located in the main utility closet or basement of a home, near the water heater. You can close most water valves by turning them counter clockwise.
Empty the Faucet
Even once you shut off your main water supply, there will be some excess water leftover in your pipes. To clear this out, turn on the faucet associated with the leaky pipe. Once water stops flowing from the faucet, you’ll know the water supply is cut off completely, which will stop the leaking so you can repair the pipe in question.
Call a Plumber
For a permanent fix you can trust, you’ll want to call a reputable plumber to handle your pipe repair or replacement. Depending on the severity of the leak, you may be able to complete your own temporary fix using plumber’s putty or plumbing tape. Keep in mind, however, that this is not a substitute for a long-term repair completed by a professional.
If you’re looking for a plumbing professional you can trust with your leaky pipe repair, The Plumber Guy is here to help! Feel free to contact us to set up an appointment or find out more about our services.